I can see from the photos here, and some of the discussion of hunts, that a lot the deer are in dense forests or brush, so I wondered how many of you use low power variables, like the Weaver V3 1-3x20, or 1-4x20mm, or 1.25-4x20, 1.5-6x42, fixed 2.5x, etc.
I am shopping the low power scopes. I really like my Burris 2-7x35 ( I have 3 ), but wanted to look at what is out there. Handled a Zeiss Terra 2-7x32...very sharp. Also a Meopta and a Minox ZA5 in low power, both impressive. The only low magnification scope with illumination I have handled recently is a friend's Leupold VX/R on a .375. The small dot is really sharp, and wide range of brightness adjustment by just tapping a button on the side.
I took one of my vintage Mausers hunting over Christmas, and was looking at how good the German #1 reticle was turned down to 2x, with the horizontal gap wide enough and the lines thin enough to track running boar at close range, yet the pointed verticle bar is sharp enough for precision shots at 300 yards.